Maple Syrup Harvest

Yoooooo! I’m finally back after a bit of inactivity. An intense schedule would drive anyone into workaholic mode. Past few months have been busy but rewarding? Lots of really interesting stuff happened.

I did yoga for the first time, wearing all the wrong clothes because of my last minute decision to just pop in.

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A lot of rendering  and playing Love Live! SIF while waiting for things to render.

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And Chinese New Year!

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But the important thing is that I am here I am doodling again.

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A couple weeks ago I attended a maple syrup harvest organized by my school. It sounded like a unique experience and it was held at Hart House Farm in Caledon so I said… why not.

While we were on the bus, there was some girl next to us who was doing some school work. And here, Julie and I were trying to not think about school work.

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We got to Caledon at about 11am and were greeted with a pretty amazing pancake brunch.

Julie and I had 2 helpings because… the food was really good.

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After brunch we went to visit the sugar bush where all the maple trees were.

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The maple sap is carried away from the trees in this web of tubes all the way to the sugar shack where it is boiled down to syrup.

We got to sample some of the maple syrup produced right on the farm.Apparently it takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to get 1 gallon of syrup which explains why it’s so expensive.

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The farm was really spectacular! Julie and I had been there before for our field course back in September. This time we walked about in the open fields in late winter, got our shoes muddy…  and sliced open a some insect infested goldenrod bulb to expose the fly larvae within.

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It felt really good to be out of the city for a while. Even though half the time while we were at the farm we were thinking about school work.

But we got to decorate sugar cookies!

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Overall I would say it was a really fun and educational short trip. I had a good time and I would definitely try to go again and again.

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Weather

Weather is a pretty universal subject matter to talk about. In Malaysia, the conversation usually goes something like this:

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And this year the floods are pretty devastating.

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I lived for a while in Edmonton. Things can get pretty crazy in Alberta.

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But probably not as crazy as Yellowknife.
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It once SNOWED in August in Edmonton.  While we were having a barbeque, it was madness.

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So far, Toronto weather had been quite mild compared to Edmonton and yet every other person seems to own much thicker jackets. Like Canada Goose or Moose Knuckles. My standard Columbia jacket does pretty well here.

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It’s a bit strange because there is literally no snow on the ground at this time of the year. Where is the Canadian experience, I ask you.

Right now people are probably up to their shoulders in snow in Alberta. I kind of miss it in a weird way.

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What is the weather like where you live? I would love to hear about it! I have super cool viewers from Bangladesh, Denmark, Turkey, Netherlands, Greece, Congo, Panama, Argentina, Qatar etc. I’ve never been to any of these places and I’m interested to visit them one day when I have the chance. Share your thoughts! And like my facebook page too, please and thanks!

Bella the therapy dog

Earlier this year I was feeling incredibly stressed and I was in dire need of some puppy therapy.

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Rumour has it that our faculty had a designated therapy dog, but for whatever reason the dog was out of service. (Maybe, the dog was on vacation, idk)

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The days went by and my week of crazy came and went, and then I received an email from my mom, telling me about a therapy dog coming to my university… and has been coming 2 times a week for the past 5 weeks.

Obviously, my first reaction was, “Bye everyone, I’m going to pet puppies.”

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So that day I told everyone I knew that I was going to pet puppies and be right back.
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That morning, I rushed over to the pet therapy room half an hour before the actual start time. I heard that I would have to line up for 3 hours just so that I could touch a puppy for 10 minutes.

That wasn’t true, I was there for 1.5 hours and all I did was touch dog.

I just really wanted to be first in line to pet the dog.

 

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And then BELLA CAME! She is a BEAGLE MIX! Beagles are wonderful. I love beagles. BEAGLES!!!

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Beagles are my favourite dog because they are small but not too small. And their ears. THEIR EARS!!!

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Students came and went and petted Bella for a few minutes, but I sat there for over an hour HAHAHA.

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Bella was SO CALM. All she did was sniff sniff sniff. She didn’t lick at all! And basically she walked up to you to sniff you if you were a new person she had never met before. And then sat there and was petted by stressed students. Such a good dog.

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Dogs are such amazing, loveable, non-judgemental creatures. I need 20 of them.

If you are at the U of T and need some puppy therapy. TODAY IS BELLA’S LAST DAY FOR THIS SEASON! Click here for details.

I was told that Bella would be coming back next spring. I will most definitely come back for puppy cuddles.

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The landscape architecture student

Today we will be talking about the landscape architecture student.

Here we see a new landscape architecture student eager to start their day doing landscape architecture student things.

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The students are frequently seen in groups in their natural habitat– the studio. While some of them return to their quarters to sleep at night, it is not uncommon to doze off within the studio walls.

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A typical life cycle begins with the introduction of a project. Here we see a landscape architecture student reading the project description.

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Of course, their studio project isn’t the only project they have. They also have assignments on visual communication.

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Site engineering.

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History and criticism.

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Roughly once every 2 weeks, we see the landscape architecture student perform a ritual known as “plotting”

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They also face the panel which consists of their instructors and occasionally, guest critics. The landscape architecture student then has 5 minutes to justify all the design decisions made in the duration of 2 weeks.

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After the review, the landscape architecture student retires to their quarters for a well deserved rest.

It is not uncommon to rest before they even make it to their quarters.

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And then the following week, they start all over again.

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Disclaimer: Resemblance to anyone real or fictional is purely coincidental. Keep well, landscape architecture students!

Toronto

HI EVERYONE. Sorry I disappeared for the past couple of months. Thank you for continuing to support my doodles. It makes me very happy to know that people are interested in what I have to say/draw.

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Even when I don’t post, people from all over the world still manage to come to my blog. WHERE DO YOU GUYS COME FROM. Please don’t be afraid to say hi!!!

The past couple months have been beyond hectic, Especially the past few weeks. I am currently in Toronto, looking at trees.

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When I first got here I was incredibly delighted by the cheap food options.

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Also the fact that milk comes in bags is a bit weird.

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I did some touristy things too, like go to Niagara Falls!

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I am attempting to keep track of my life here in the city so that I can… draw more stuff. So I am writing down things in my journal because there so many interesting things here to see and do.

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Until next time, I try to update my facebook page more frequently with quick doodles. Please follow!!! Otherwise you are missing out on all my adventures here in this crazy excuse for a metropolis.